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Taser used on man at Steamboat hospital

— A Steamboat Springs man faces three felony charges after police said he became hostile and assaulted a police officer.

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, an officer contacted the 43-year-old man, who had a drunken stagger in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court. The officer saw the man fall, hit his head and the decision was made to take the man into protective custody.

"(The man) repeatedly yelled that officers were trying to (expletive) him and proceeded to bend over with his rear end towards the officers," the affidavit states.

The man initially refused to get into the ambulance, and there were several instances where the man attempted to free himself from restraints and leave Yampa Valley Medical Center, according to the arrest affidavit.

The decision was made to take the man to detox, and the man twice grabbed on to an officer's fingers, the affidavit states. When the man would not let go the second time, the man was tazed.

While being escorted out of YVMC, the man tried to kick a firefighter and an officer, but no contact was made, the affidavit states.

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The man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony second-degree assault, felony criminal attempt and obstructing a peace officer. During court Friday, he was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Update: As part of a plead deal on Sept. 3, the man pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of supervised probation. If the man successfully completes the probation, the charges will be dismissed.

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